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Jury foreman: 5 members of the jury were undecided on Butcher pronunciation

  • Judy Scott, center, and Walter Scott’s mother is comforted by her son, Rodney Scott, if the family lawyers, Chris Stewart, left, and Justin Bamberg, right, holds a press conference after the mistrial was declared for the Michael Butcher trial Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in Charleston, S. C. Former agent, a Butcher, is charged with murder in the shooting death of Walter Scott last year. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

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  • Anthony Scott, Walter Scott, the brother speaks during a press conference in front of the Charleston County Courthouse, as the family lawyers, Chris Stewart, left, and Justin Bamberg, right, look after the mistrial was declared for the Michael Butcher trial Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in Charleston, S. C. Former agent, a Butcher, was charged with murder in the April 4, 2015, shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

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  • Michael Butcher, right, walks from the Charleston County Courthouse under the protection of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Department after a mistrial was declared for his trial Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in Charleston, S. C. Former agent, a Butcher, was charged with murder in the April 4, 2015, shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

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COLUMBIA, S. C. – The foreman of the jury that could not reach a verdict in the murder trial of a former South Carolina police officer says he initially wanted to convict Michael Butcher of murder.

But after studying the evidence, Dorsey Montgomery said Thursday on NBC’s “Today” show he thought Butcher was guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Walter Scott.

Jurors deliberated more than 22 hours to four days before a mistrial was declared Monday. The white former officer was charged with the shooting of Scott, who was black, five times as he fled a traffic stop in April 2015.

At one point, a juror told the judge that he could not “in good conscience” condemn the Butcher. Montgomery says that does not mean that the other 11 members of the jury thought that the officer was guilty. He says five of them were not decided.

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